"What's Love Got...?"
Tina Turner's popular song, from back in the day, asks a legit question: "What's Love Got to do With it?" My response: EVERYTHING!
Just to name a few attributes of love: love covers, love is hope, love is kind, it is patient, content, humble, abundant, free, pleasant, full of mercy, unchanging; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things....
When it comes to marriage & relationships, everything is hinged on love! If you desire longevity, then you better cultivate some Jesus kind of love.
The big question is how do we cultivate the level of love for one another that allows us to accept one another warts, flaws and all? How do we love hard enough to prevent our marriage from becoming judgmental and negative?
1-Search to grasp the love that God has for us. Stay in the Word! Find a small group, accountability person, and pray for a hunger to know Him. He desires an intimate relationship with YOU. Although we will never fully grasp His infinite love, we can accept and extend love to our spouse when we are full of His love. Sadly, we equate the love of God to the love of our earthly father which simply has no comparison at all. Earthly dads may not measure up, but the love of God is consistent. Seek to love like God and accept His love for you and you will be oozing with Christ like characteristics in your relationships. Loving Him as a priority enables us to love one another even when we are unloveable.
2-Never ever, under any circumstance, should you use the “D” word. When tempers rise and anger escalates, it is too easy to carelessly fling hurtful words at one another. Listen up: once our words are out there they cannot be taken back. Resolve to never threaten divorce; that is just wrong. What if marriage was designed by God to make us like Christ, rather than to make us happy? What if we treat one another as God treats us? I dare say marriage statistics and divorce rate, among Christians, would look different than it does today.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
(Matthew 22:37b-40 ESV)
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